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    Posted March 21, 2011 by
    Tokyo, Japan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

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    Small but big hope in the disaster, Japan.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KoheiMaeda says his brother and fiancee initially thought they should postpone their March 20 wedding in Tokyo because a wedding 'was not appropriate ... a lot of people were suffering [from] the disaster.' But they thought about it more and decided 'this kind of happy event would be necessary now.' He wants the world 'to know that Japan is going to be all right. We've overcome such a disaster many times.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    For Japanese, no good news hasn’t come up recently:

    Monster earthquake, “Deep Impact” like Tsunami, and looming radiation, and at the other side of the globe, revolutionary turbulence in Africa.

    But here, I witnessed really small but big hope in Tokyo in which the influence of the earthquake is still visible, the marriage of my younger brother.

    The couple took a divine oath in front of their family and best friends.

    Off course, they didn’t intend to hold the wedding in such a situation.

    And actually it made them so wonder whether it would be done as scheduled.

    But what made them decide conclusively was the strong connection among the family and the friends. The couple said “we thought it would be alright”.

    And, on the day of marriage, as the couple expected almost all of their friends came to appear with big smile and they celebrated the couple from their heart.

    As a matter of fact, traffic lines of metropolitan area were not recovered perfectly. In addition food and water were not supplied as usual. It could devastate people’s lives, traffic system and building, but their relationship.

    In the wedding ceremony, one of the attendees spoke “I think there is and will be really tough ordeal in front of us. But today, you guys made me think it will be alright. Because these people connection is the basis of our society. And it would never be broken by earthquake or radiation. We can do it. This couple make me sure of it. Thank you very much.”

    Be happy my brother and new sister.

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